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Number of people in UK with dementia will more than double by 2050

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:447
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. London

    The number of people with dementia, which currently costs the United Kingdom £17bn (€25bn; $33bn) a year, will increase from 700 000 at present to more than a million in less than 20 years and to 1.7 million by 2050, creating a potential medical and social crisis, a new report says.

    The report by the Alzheimer's Society into the social and economic costs of dementia warns that urgent action is needed to plan for the rapid increase in the number of people in the UK with the illness.

    It calls for better investment in dementia research and services and more efficient use of …

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